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Welwyn Garden City FC

Home of the "Citizens" - Established 1921

The BP Mitchell Stadium, Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 1TA

WHAT should have been WGC's sternest test of their pre-season preparations was ended after just 15 minutes at Bedford Town's New Eyrie, when ex-Citizens' player Sean Brettell sustained a sickening injury.


The left-sided midfielder or full-back, who has joined Southern League Central Division Bedford in the summer after two seasons at Herns Lane, sustained a double fracture of his shin bone, following a committed challenge just 15 minutes into this pre-season friendly.


It was obvious from the moment that the injury was sustained, that it was a serious one, as the strickened Brettell immediately signalled for help and both club physios raced onto the pitch.


An ambulance was summoned, but it took 40 minutes for him to be able to be taken from the pitch to Bedford General Hospital, 10 minutes away.


Match referee Tom Ratheram spoke to both managers - WGC's Adam Fisher and Dan Kennoy, the former Codicote and Barton Rovers boss, who has recently taken over at Bedford Town - and they, in turn, had meetings with their players, before deciding to abandon the game.


Said Adam Fisher: " No one on either side had the heart or desire to want to play on. Our players are all close friends with Sean. It was a sickening injury. We at WGC FC will do all we can to help him in any way with his recovery.''


The game had begun very promisingly with both sides scoring in the opening seven minutes.


WGC took a third minute lead, when Jason Caswell swung a ball in from out on the left, Bedford keeper Beckwith seemed distracted by the close presence of WGC's new signing Josh Bronti, as the cross beat them both, to nestle in the net.


Four minutes level, the home side were level from the penalty spot, Juan Cifuentes ruled to have tripped Bedford's Tremayne Charles just inside the box. Home striker Josh Bamford drove in the spot-kick.


Both scorers figured in the game's only other close, scoring opportunity. The dangerous Bamford latching onto a clearance from a corner and striking his effort towards the top corner. WGC forward Caswell, back defending, managed to get in the way of the effort, to deflect over his own crossbar.


WGC: Croft, Perrin, McGrandles, Mensah, Lovell, Smith, Cifuentes, James, Bronti, Kersey, Caswell. subs:- Welch, Cato, Arnott (M), Costain, Parkinson, Boodhoo.

Bedford 1 - 1 Welwyn Garden City FC